Review: Happy Valley (S2 E6/6), Tuesday 15th March, BBC1

So here we are. The end of another gruelling story for Catherine Cawood (the astonishing Sarah Lancashire) saw her edge closer to her and her family’s tormentor – Tommy Lee Royce’s foot soldier Frances – and also thrown into the dénouement of both the serial killer case and the case of John and his wicked…

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E5/6), Tuesday 8th March, BBC1

With only one episode left we’re starting to enter the final straight of this second series of Happy Valley and storylines began to be tied up, with characters preparing to position themselves for their final showdowns. But before then there was a scene so extraordinary and emotional – which acted as a stunning twist and part of the moving on…

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E4/6), Tuesday 1st March, BBC1

So we’re over the hump and into the home straight with Happy Valley and there are three very definite story strands: the serial killer investigation; the murder of Vicky Fleming and John’s subsequent descent into madness; and Tommy Lee Royce’s revenge plan. It’s all bubbling up quite nicely, really.

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E3/6), Tuesday 23rd February, BBC1

The last time we saw Catherine Cawood, her world was falling apart. The re-emergence of Tommy Lee Royce and subsequent confrontation at his mother’s funeral made her superiors question her sanity, while her sister Clare’s spectacular fall off the wagon and her son Daniel’s failing marriage means that her home life is also in chaos….

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E2/6), Tuesday 16th February, BBC1

Happy Valley got off to a rip-roaring start last week with our heroine, Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), plunged into a new vortex of hellishness when she was accused of the brutal murder and sexual mutilation of her nemesis Tommy Lee Royce’s mother, Lynn Dewhurst. It was something new for Catherine – her identity and persona…

Review: Happy Valley (S1 E1/6), Tuesday 9th February, BBC1

So here we go then. The award-winning Happy Valley – written by the excellent Sally Wainwright and starring Sarah Lancashire, who put in an an arguably career-defining shift in series one – is back for a second, eagerly awaited six-episode run. That first series was just a brutal battle royale between local copper Catherine Cawood…

Review: Happy Valley (S1 E6/6), Tuesday 3rd June

The day the final episode of Happy Valley was due to air I worked in an office. Over the aural hum of daily office life – a staccato thwack of a photocopier here, the thrum of a printer there – I kept hearing the words ‘Happy’ and ‘Valley’ intermittently throughout the day. “Oh my god, it’s…